• Granite Construction carpenter Lupe Aldama, left, and foreman Adam Muniza work atop the future Hosking Avenue bridge Thursday as cars drive by below on Highway 99. Once forms are in place, crews will make their first concrete pour in August.

    City Beat: The latest scoop on municipal government

    NEW BRIDGE IS TEETHING: The Hosking Avenue interchange, which contains the Thomas Roads Improvement Program's 25th bridge, is looking more like a place to exit Highway 99. Next week, work crews will begin building the "falsework" over 99 -- temporary structure that actually

  • Graduation season hits full stride

    Just more than 300 Shafter High students graduated Wednesday, attracting a crowd that packed the school's stadium bleachers and lined parts of a gate surrounding the field. Parking near the Mannel Avenue campus was scarce. Parents picked up teddy bears and flowers sold from trucks. And

  • THE GRADE: Ins and outs of education in Kern County

    NEW SCHOOL PROGRAM A partnership between the Kern High School District, Bakersfield College and other local schools will attract millions in state funding for the expansion of college- and career-prep options. The Kern Community College District will get $9.5 million for its Pathways to Success

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    HECA project may scrap oil component

    For years, one of the central ideas behind a clean coal plant proposed in western Kern County was that its byproduct carbon dioxide would be used to promote nearby oil production. But this week for the first time, Hydrogen Energy California said the $4 billion project's oil field tie-in might

  • Bakersfield city workers will begin clearing out the so-called "Tent City," a homeless encampment on South Union Avenue

    It's moving day for homeless 'tent city' residents

    Residents of Bakersfield's so-called "tent city" of homeless at 600 S. Union Ave. have been given a final moving date by city officials. On Wednesday, as early as 6 a.m., city workers will begin clearing the site -- and then they'll fence off the area, which at one time was an

  • Highland High School graduate Carolyn Haddock, who has straight A's, plans to join the U.S. Army in June.

    Local teens struggle to pay for ticket out of Bakersfield

    CAROLYN HADDOCK Highland High graduate Carolyn Haddock is bypassing college for now to join the U.S. Army. She has her sights set on traveling the world and one day becoming an engineer. But similar to cases many Kern County students deal with, footing the bill for college is no easy task for

  • Bakersfield Christian graduates focus on lessons of love

    Early in their senior year, Bakersfield Christian High School's Class of 2015 chose a theme that would define not only their final year before graduation, but also Saturday's inspirational commencement ceremony. That theme of self-sacrificing, unconditional agape love resonated in messages

  • Altercation late Friday leads to stabbing, arrest

    An altercation late Friday at a home along South Union Avenue led to a stabbing that sent one man to the hospital and another to jail, the Kern County Sheriff's Office reported Saturday. A department news release said deputies dispatched to the 900 block of South Union at 11:20 p.m. found

  • Robbery suspect arrested after helicopter-assisted chase

    A robbery Friday night on South Union Avenue led to a helicopter search and the arrest of a suspect near a home on Panama Lane, the Bakersfield Police Department reported. The department said in a news release officers responded at 9:07 p.m. to a report that someone used a black semi-automatic

  • Centennial High School senior Ashlee Neal will graduate on May 28 after overcoming health issues.

    Making it to graduation: Local seniors overcome life-threatening illnesses

    This is the first in a series of stories featuring local high school graduates. ASHLEE NEAL Ashlee Neal, a senior at Centennial High School, is graduating in the top 20 percent of her class with a 3.6 GPA next Thursday. But instead of going straight to college -- or in her case school to be an

  • Job seekers lined up early for Job Fest 2015 held at the Rabobank Convention Center Thursday starting at 9 A.M. Those who arrived before 8 A. M. were able to attend a free on-site training to help job seekers acquire a job.

    Kern's jobless rate slides to 10.3 percent on farm hiring

    Kern County's unemployment rate dropped by almost one full point to a seasonally unadjusted 10.3 percent as local farming added more than 9,000 jobs in April, the state reported Friday. Last month's 22 percent surge in seasonal ag employment came amid a mostly stable jobs picture in Kern,

  • Destiny Swetnam, right, is hoping to land her first job and after securing at least one second interview at the 2015 Job Fest Thursday she is hopeful. She interviews with Karla Lyons with McDonald's during one of her interviews.

    Job fair offers hope to 2,500 job-seekers

    As she walked the aisles of Bakersfield's biggest annual job fair Thursday morning, taking note of several "very promising" prospects, Kelli Gilliam grew increasingly confident her five-month unemployment streak would soon come to an end. At the same time, she was surprised at how

  • Bakersfield High School students celebrated their college acceptances Wednesday in the school's annual College Signing Day.

    THE GRADE: Sikh women's group bestows first scholarship

    STUDENT BRAGS: The Bakersfield Sikh Women's Association, a local non-profit, awarded Ridgeview High School student Tarnpreet Kaur its inaugural $5,000 scholarship. Tarnpreet has a 4.5 GPA, works part-time and participated in at least seven different clubs and service organizations, said

  • Some areas of state highways will no longer be watered by Caltrans due to the current drought situation.

    Cal Water to hold informational drought meeting

    Facing a state mandate to reduce its water usage by 32 percent starting June 1, the California Water Service Co. will hold a public meeting Thursday night to educate its nearly 300,000 Bakersfield customers on conservation and new water regulations. An emergency city ordinance which took effect

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    County eases 'excess' pot cultivation penalties

    Kern County will be more careful about how its local authorities punish medical marijuana patients who grow too much of their drug. Supervisors, on Tuesday, approved changes to the penalty section of an ordinance that limits the number of marijuana plants a patient can grow on a parcel of

  • Beale Memorial Library on Truxtun Avenue.

    Library coalition rep says she was heckled

    The issue of the Kern County library's privatization -- or outsourcing -- is proceeding through a clear public process. But conflict is heating up between county unions and the company that wants to take over operation of the county library system. Rachel Glauser, communications manager for